Elite: Dangerous blasts off in December

Elite: Dangerous will reach PCs on December 16, Frontier Developments announced via press release. The fourth game in the Elite series is the first to launch in many years, as Frontier: First Encounters arrived in 1995. Elite: Dangerous puts players in the cockpit of a spaceship, exploring the open galaxy in both single-player and massively-multiplayer online modes.

The Mercenary Edition of the spacefaring game is still up for pre-order via Frontier's online store for $50 (£35 / €40), slashing a cool $10 off the final $60 (£39.99 / €49.99) price tag. Access to the game's ongoing beta is priced at $75. Elite: Dangerous began as a Kickstarter project, earning £1,578,316 (roughly $2 million) in January 2013 to fund its creation.

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Cambridge, UK -- November 7, 2014 -- Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has announced via their community newsletter that Elite: Dangerous will release for personal computer on December 16, 2014.

The game is currently available for pre-order, as the exclusive 'Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition', which includes the full game, an additional Eagle fighter, ship liveries, Day One decal and other digital goodies for £35.00 ($50, €40). Pre-orders receive a £4.99 discount on the final release price of £39.99 ($59.99, €49.99).

Players who pre-order the Mercenary Pack can upgrade to immediate Beta access at any time for £15.

All backers who have purchased Beta access or higher will receive the Mercenary Pack – including the final game – upon release.

About Frontier Developments

Frontier Developments plc is a leading independent game developer, founded in 1994 by David Braben, co-author of the seminal 'Elite' space simulation. Based in Cambridge, UK and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Frontier uses its proprietary 'Cobra' game development technology to create innovative games across consoles, computers, smartphones and tablets.

Elite: Dangerous, to be released on PC and Mac, was crowd-funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign and Frontier's own website. Previous Frontier titles include RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Thrillville, LostWinds, Kinectimals, Disneyland Adventures and Zoo Tycoon. The studio recently announced 'Screamride' for Microsoft's Xbox One and "Tales from Deep Space" for Amazon's Fire tablets, and is working on other original titles.